1987 Buick Grand National (Regal T-Type Turbo) Start Up, Exhaust, and In Depth Review
**I made an editing error at the beginning. Thanks a bunch to Streetside Classics of Charlotte, NC for allowing me to film this video!
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My 87' buick grandnational lives again,(please read below)12-31-09,Orlando,FL,USA..Brand new GN1 Stroker motor..This time " I " did all the work!! vs paying for blown-up motors from KDK Performance an/or Lamotta Performance,both in FL an supossed speacilist...8^/....If your cars at either of these shops above in Florida,i feel for you!!!..
Update! July 27th 2010
The ROH drift wheels an Falken autocross tires are on,Aerospace disk brakes all around,TRZ tubular control a-arms front an upper in the back..Cars Very close to the GNX conversion an Brand New Paint!!
The Story of this car..
Brought out storage,in year 2000
had 2 differant motor builds both whipe the camshafts,little known to people back then was the camshaft manufactors fault ,the cams metal was flawed
the car goes to Bowling Green Custums in Alt GA,
He has it 4 years, charges me $14,000 for Yeap,straight from his shop a Whiped camshaft!!!
Car goes to KDK Performance in FL
gone billit rollor cam
$8000 rebuild,car blows up 1/2 track at 110mph
3 total rebilds all i payed for,Dynoed an to the track same thing, 1/2 track garnade First Run !!
4th new motor bought an payed for, i pull car out KDK
spend over $30,000 in cash an parts totaling over 3 years
I call Cal Hartline,He recommeds Lamotta performance
The new motor from KDK goes striaght on the Dyno an BOOM!! headgasket launches as all the times before
I asked if Lamotta can fix it, an add GNX style dash an new Intercooler,6 months later motors done at Heartbeat racing engines,Even though Lamottoa dropped my motor to him for whatever reason i had to go pick it up.(that cost the tranny in my truck!)After Lamotta installs the motor an fires it,I called Jake an he said i quote "Its fine, ready to go"..I pick it up, Its belowing white smoke out the exshuast,water temps high, oil pressuers all over the place!!!,,the dash speedo don't work, (the whole reason i had the GNX dash kit Installed!!) an the grill ,Lamotta broke the headerpanel flap so my Grill dangles in place,had to buy whole new pannel,won't mention them storing my car under a car on lift that leaked fuild
$13,000 in total back to square one
Piston pin was riding up an down the #4 cylinder wall
Car stays in My Garage..
Dave at Heartbeat racing engines rebuilt an sleves the damage piston pin cylinder an i have him add GN1 stroker kit..The Motors now perfect an i have over 2000miles on it
Today July 27th 2010 the cars at ProFab in Tampa having Matt inspected the suspenion along with the brakes,Possiably adding a 6 point roll cage...8^)
Moral to this build,Try your Hardest to Have one All-in-One shop work on your car,Or you'll get the Third person run around,(example), Oh i'll take your car an your money,but its the machist fault or part builders fault why nothing works,pay us, blame them...
First time you here that....Run!!!
Get all work in Writing,You might need it later
87 Turbo Buick 11.42/121mph pass
June 26, 2009 - Baseline testing for the next upgrade. Funny part is Mustang before me forgets to close his hood. Not so funny as my tires cool down waiting for him to get his act together. That rattling noise after launch is a lesson learned on how much the tranny actually moves under load and how much clearance to maintain from rotating parts...oops.
SuperCharged 5hp Briggs Running
So here is the original version of my son's Supercharged 5hp Briggs and Stratton. Sorry for the poor vid quality, as this was shot 7 years ago, and I had to make a vid from my TV. But you can see and hear it running with the original suck thru thye carburator. The current engine which we haven't run yet uses a blow thru thype carb set up. One of these days we will finally get around to firing it up! :)
Regal T-Type that needs more boost
I just got my '85 Buick Regal T-Type running the day before I took this video. The Regal has a 4.1L V6 (as opposed to the stock 3.8L) fitted to the heads, intake, turbo, etc. from an intercooled Grand National. Right now the car has an open down pipe, though my camera seems to have done a hell of a job filtering the Exhaust out.. Hitting Boost still gets me excited, that's why I'm laughing. Also, the car won't idle for anything, which is why I keep blipping the throttle.
ESP Performance's twin turbo Buick
Espperformance.com twin turbo V6 Buick at Beech Bend Raceway in 2008. Check out their website for info on the twin turbo kit. This car is driven daily on the street. http://www.espperformance.com/index.htm
Tom's Turbo Garage: Buick Grand National Street & Strip Upgrades - Part 3
In this episode, we focus on making some good old turbocharged horsepower on my 1987 Buick Grand National. We also take a trip back to 1987 to look at performance recipes back then.
This is part of a multi-part series where we're making a host of modifications to this classic American muscle car to improve its performance on the street and strip. Thank you for watching and subscribing!
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1984 Buick 3.8 V-6 Idling & Start
This is an Old video I found from years ago. I am assuming the time stamp on the video is correct. This was taken with a VHS cam-corder. I wish I had video taped the car that it was in, a 1984 Pontiac GrandPrix, 3.8L V6 Buick engine 90,000 miles. I would have revved it, but it had really bad main & rod bearings that would hammer. The smoke is from a leaking valve pan gasket at the back of the engine, and the "ticking" noise you hear when I shut down the engine to restart it is the "Mixture Control Solenoid" inside the carb. You don't see to many of these around anymore so I figured I would post it, enjoy!